Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Marlborough

Had a bottle of this with our Mother’s Day feast.  Very pale gold, almost no color.  Had a nose of grapefruit and citrus, without a lot of grass or any of the cat pee that is often present in New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.  It was a little fuller bodied that the usual NZ Sauvignion Blanc as well.  Lots of grapefruit on the palate, as well as gooseberry and green olives.  Very, very dry with a finish of honeyed minerals.  This wine just highlighted to me the magic and complexity that enraptures my inner wine geek: this wouldn’t be anywhere near my first choice for a sitting on the deck, sipping wine with friends bottle, but it was absolutely terrific with food.  The acids complemented the dishes and made the flavors burst.  In this case 1+1=4!   I’d give this a solid 90.  At 18.99 this wasn’t a smack you in the head value, but I wouldn’t hesitate to buy it again.  I think this would be wonderful with shellfish or a citrusy grilled shrimp.

I bought this on the recommendation of the people at the Frederick Wine House.   Good call on their part. 

Rating: 90

UPDATE:  for those of you who emailed: Mother’s Day Menu was (Mom’s a vegetarian):

Pan seared tofu with basil-mint marinade

Brown Basmati rice risotto w/ local greens

Shaved apple, fennel and radish salad in vinaigrette

Mocha-cinnamon bonets for dessert.

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One response to “Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Marlborough

  1. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever had a bad wine from the Marlborough region. Thanks for the recommendation.

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